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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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What's Happening In the Contact Center?

May 6, 2014

When I started writing my blog about why the fax is still relevant a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about the contact center in general. I spend a lot of time talking about mobile networks and service provider-related things like signaling, but in my early years at Dialogic, I learned a lot about contact centers (they were called call centers back then), and that is still an important business for us.

The contact center has traditionally been a rich area for introduction of new technologies, given that there is a dual need to service customers effectively while keeping costs down as much as possible. This dichotomy has spawned use of new communications innovations, such as VoIP, quickly.

What's Happening In the Contact Center?

May 6, 2014

When I started writing my blog about why the fax is still relevant a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about the contact center in general. I spend a lot of time talking about mobile networks and service provider-related things like signaling, but in my early years at Dialogic, I learned a lot about contact centers (they were called call centers back then), and that is still an important business for us.

The contact center has traditionally been a rich area for introduction of new technologies, given that there is a dual need to service customers effectively while keeping costs down as much as possible. This dichotomy has spawned use of new communications innovations, such as VoIP, quickly.

Predictions For International Telecoms Week 2014

April 29, 2014

International Telecoms Week (ITW), the event that brings the interconnect market together to conduct business, is in two weeks. Historically, ITW has focused on minutes exchange for landline networks. But mobile networks via IP packet exchange(IPX) are now entering the picture, and IPX is set to be a hot topic at this year’s conference. With LTE coming to the forefront, IPX is becoming even more important because it provides a way to enable LTE roaming.

WebRTC Disruption is Reaching IMS and Catching the 3GPP's Attention, But Where is eMRF?

April 22, 2014

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the uniting body of telecom standard development organizations, has taken notice of WebRTC. And that means WebRTC is becoming enough of a pain – I’m sorry, I mean it has enough support – that they now need to address it. Why is this happening?

Well, IMS is trucking along, and we’re starting to see more VoLTE services.

Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

April 15, 2014

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and to the blog, and these  comments could basically be boiled down to one question: Why do people still fax? People pointed out that there are now replacements for the fax, like electronic document signing programs.

So let me put the “why,” as I see it, into a few big-bucket categories.

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Less is Better than None: How WebRTC Helps Carriers

April 8, 2014

Almost everyone knows that telcos’ mobile voice and messaging revenue is declining. With 3G offering a mobile on-ramp to the Internet, OTT services have been proliferating on the data channel and carving out revenue in this area. Ever since that trend started, carriers have been trying to protect their revenue and avoid becoming just a mobile bit pipe to the Internet.

The quest for additional value-added services – services carriers can offer that OTT players can’t – continues.

Recap: TADMeetup NJ 2014

April 1, 2014

Last Thursday night, Dialogic hosted a TAD (Telecom Application Developer) MeetUp for New Jersey, which was organized and run by Alan Quayle. Approximately 25 folks attended and we covered some interesting topics like WebRTC, what it really means and when it will be ready and virtualization.

One key topic was NFV (network functions virtualization).  As readers of this blog know, I am a proponent of NFV.

The New NGN

March 25, 2014

Next-generation networking (NGN) is an overused term.  I’ve been in this industry a long time, and NGN comes around and around and around.  I’ve seen it used in the enterprise to describe moving from 1Gbps to 10Gbps, and now it’s being used to describe the movement to software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). But the most accurate usage describes TDM and IP unification. 

Why are 2G and 3G Subscriptions Growing?

March 18, 2014

We all hear about LTE this, LTE that. That’s for good reason, given that LTE subscriber growth is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of more than 50 percent for years to come, which is driving a lot of device and infrastructure spending. Global LTE subscribers number in the hundreds of millions today, and by 2018 the subscriber base will have surpassed one billion subscribers. Those numbers are staggering and impressive, but they’re nothing compared to 2G and 3G.

MWC: Hypocrisy about NFV?

March 11, 2014

Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about my initial thoughts on Mobile World Congress. Even today, I am still surprised by the lack of WebRTC messaging at MWC. But of the themes I talked about in that initial blog, NFV stood out as the week went on.  And I started asking myself some questions.

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